Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Tells Off Trump Right To His Face

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Tells Off Trump Right To His Face

On Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump met with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and took a few questions from the press afterward. Trump responded with reference to his auto tariff.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 2, 2018, in Washington.

Mr Trump has requested his Commerce Department study whether to impose additional tariffs on cars, trucks and auto parts imported from Europe and other foreign markets, prompting a warning from the European Union that such an action could lead to retaliation on USA goods.

"If we do work it out, that will be positive", Trump said.

But Rutte was not having it and said through gritted teeth: "It's not positive", adding: "We have to work something out".

I think the European Union - we're going to be meeting with them fairly soon.

The issue is controversial within the Dutch cabinet, where coalition partner D66 has strong reservations about Trump's travel ban on citizens from selected Muslim countries. Asked if he planned to pull out of the WTO, Trump said the trade organization had treated the U.S. But when the Dutch prime minister interjected, he made himself heard.

Trump: We are very close to making some very good trade deals.

Nonetheless, the embarrassing photo-op for the president ended on a rather good note.

The Netherlands' leader will be at the White House amid trade tensions involving the United States and a number of allies. Trump told the PM at the beginning of the meeting that it's like the "Academy Awards" as all the cameras flashed. "We are allies. We have always been friends, always been friendly, working closely together".

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